Chaga is one of the three medicinal mushrooms included in Cofo. Chaga mushroom, often referred to as the king of medicinal mushrooms and black gold, grows wild in Russia, northern China, and northern climatic forests on birch trees. The name “chaga” comes from the Russian word for mushroom. Chaga has been a traditional medicine in Northern European countries, in Russia, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years.
1. Prevents and Treats Cancer
Laboratory and animal studies show that compounds in chaga can kill cancer cells. Chaga is also used to support standard cancer approaches, such as chemotherapy, by compensating for its negative side effects.
2. Stimulates the Immune System
The compounds in chaga (called beta glucans and superoxide dismutase, or SOD) activate and supercharge the immune cells, such as the free radical scavengers natural killer cells and T cells.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Many of chaga's unique compounds reduce inflammation in the body. Decreasing chronic inflammation helps reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis as well as degenerative diseases.
4. Improves Cardiovascular Health
Compounds in chaga break down LDL cholesterol–bad cholesterol–in the bloodstream.
The SOD (superoxide dismutase) in chaga supports liver cleansing.
6. Boosts Longevity and Aging
Chaga’s high antioxidant levels also encourage cellular regeneration and protect against cellular damage and genetic mutation. It acts as a “bodyguard” to protect against DNA damage.
7. Protects the Skin and Hair
Chaga is one of the highest sources of melanin known in any food or herb. Melanin has a strong DNA/gene protective effect. Chaga consumption can enhance, beautify, and protect the skin from sun damage and is beneficial for the eyes and hair.
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